New Birth! It’s SPRING!

March 8, 2010|5:48 pm

The first lamb of the year usually signifies the start of the Holy time of Easter to me. The celebration of our Lord, born here on earth, crucified, buried and risen again! I love this time of year! Spring and new birth. For us, through our Saviour, and for all of life through God’s great plan.

This morning our first lamb was born here on the farm. The mommy, Sweetie has always had twins before so we were surprised to hear she had only had one this year. (We were at Co-op.) Then we got home and saw this little guy! He is huge. Poor mommy sheep..

maybe 10 hours old?

maybe 10 hours old?

Sweetie nuzzles her baby.

Sweetie nuzzles her baby.

Dané will have more photos as lambs are born on her website. The link is on the right side bar.

Monday report in..

|7:43 am

Well despite fighting a cold I finished! My to do list is done and with the help of my darling husband the boys’ room is also done and Dane did the basement closet! To call this room a closet is a misnomer.. it is a room that  holds clothes for 4 children, pantry items and storage things. She even reduced four boxes of shoes, boots and ice skates down to one!

I still need to vacuum the basement rafters–especially in my bathroom and I wish I had gotten more of the lesson plans put on individual planners for the children. Instead I did the report cards for the school district ( I never finished college and Pat has a two year degree so we must report in quarterly here in MN). A good trade off in paperwork!

We are off to co-op this morning.. the van is loaded with more supplies than we have needed all year as today has a big art project and our Mixed Art journal-ling, a new afternoon class, also has a huge project today!

Have a blessed day!

ok checking in with what is done so far:

March 6, 2010|11:31 pm

Well not everything got done but it was a great start and there is still tomorrow. We talked about visiting a local church but Jeffrey will be home from his weekend campout in the middle of the service so we’ll save visiting for another time. We’ll play some hymns and worship music here at home and take longer to relax with our Bibles.  I also got to spend a couple of hours with my hubby, eldest daughter and Ben at Barnes and Nobles this evening. Aimee kept the other children here and we just looked at books and magazines and talked. Lovely! The children were such a blessing today as the library / school room is wonderfully cleaned right down to the closet. My hubby spent time working in there also.

Off to clean the bedroom while I get ready for bed. it will take a few hours but I ‘ll get 15 minutes in tonight while hubby showers.

Good Night!

Take children to curling if weather permits and possibly cup of coffee with a friend done! Both!

  • make language board done
  • check on enrolling in Idita read done what I could -rest is tabled until Monday
  • prepare to record timeline song written by mom at the co-op. 
    arranged for this to be done.
  • notebook pages for bible
  • notebook pages for history
  • math drill worksheets for all children for month of March done
  • prepare art supplies for CC done but need to load van tomorrow
  • prepare writing assignment for mixed art Journal-ling class done
  • prepare art project for  MAJ done but needs to be loaded
  • set up scrapbook items and equipment for next week. started not done
  • move school books from cupboard in basement to library done
  • remove cupboard (well have a boy do it) done
  • go through CC shelf in library (me) done
  • Dane and children clean library including closet- children did it
  • me clean my room (today) didn’t get done but will spend 15 minutes yet tonight
  • me deep clean my bathroom (tomorrow)
  • children deep clean other bathrooms and stairwells (tomorrow)
  • start seedlings (could be put off until Tuesday but shouldn’t be)
  • pick up Jeffrey Sunday am
  • make pumpkin bread
  • clean rocks in big aquarium (remove and soak)

I almost forgot the most important item! Lesson plans for all children for next week

Saturday to do's (boring list– you might want to skip this post!)

|9:12 am

It is not quite 8 a.m. and I already have a long list of weekend to do’s. Many of the children are up and outside taking care of the horses, sheep, chickens and rabbits. I am taking a few minutes to play on here and drink my coffee and they I am off and running. Feel free to skip this post as it is simply for my own amusement. I know I am putting way to many things on the list for this weekend so thought I’d actually do a tracking system and see what I come up with.

My list:

Take children to curling if weather permits and possibly cup of coffee with a friend

  • make language board
  • check on enrolling in Idita read
  • prepare to record timeline song written by mom at the co-op.
  • notebook pages for bible
  • notebook pages for history
  • math drill worksheets for all children for month of March
  • prepare art supplies for CC
  • prepare writing assignment for mixed art Journal-ling class
  • prepare art project for  MAJ
  • set up scrapbook items and equipment for next week.
  • move school books from cupboard in basement to library
  • remove cupboard (well have a boy do it)
  • go through CC shelf in library (me)
  • Dane and children clean library including closet
  • me clean my room (today)
  • me deep clean my bathroom (tomorrow)
  • children deep clean other bathrooms and stairwells (tomorrow)
  • start seedlings (could be put off until Tuesday but shouldn’t be)
  • pick up Jeffrey Sunday am
  • make pumpkin bread
  • clean rocks in big aquarium (remove and soak)

I almost forgot the most important item! Lesson plans for all children for next week

Pretty Frost

March 4, 2010|1:23 pm

This morning’s picture outside my window’s included a beautiful hoar frost. For those of you southerners who haven’t seen this in awhile, I had Ben snap a couple of pictures on the way out to the barn.

God's beautiful Good Morning!

God's beautiful Good Morning!

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Just a few hours later all that remains is the pictures. Every time the wind blew this morning it looked like a miniature snow storm. God’s creation  fairly sings with beauty even at the end of a long snowy winter. I think it makes it easier to enjoy it though, knowing spring is just around the corner. 🙂

The meaning of Sugar on Snow..

|9:07 am

The title Sugar on Snow is from the making of Maple Syrup. When the trees were tapped  ( in MN it is just barely time to start tapping) the syrup was boiled and then to test it’s having reached soft ball stage a bit was poured over snow. This turned into a soft maple chewy candy that was shared with the children. This was usually a many family effort and often the end was celebrated by a meal and / or a barn dance.

Sugar on Snow

March 3, 2010|10:37 pm

Dané,  Jeffrey and I spent last weekend in Beaver Bay MN. About 50 miles north of Duluth. Tiny little town that knows how to have fun! We participated in an historical reenactment that represents the 1770’s in early America. The children were reenactors.. I just fed the hungry volunteers! With the help of two other ladies and a bunch of helpful teens we cooked from scratch and heated meals brought in by helpful town people. Below you’ll find many pictures. Sorry they aren’t composed a bit better but I flew around on Saturday afternoon and took them when I realized I had nearly missed having any of the weekend.

Jeffrey works on a wood project

Jeffrey works on a wood project

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Dané and Suzette discuss spinning.

discussing the flax wheel with participants

discussing the flax wheel with participants

demonstrating the break

demonstrating the break

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Charlie, our miller

Charlie, our miller

He had children help use the grinding stone to make cornmeal, which was made into cornbread for one of our evening meals. We slathered this with home churned butter that Laurie made in her colonial kitchen with the help of many children. They loved making it as much as we loved eating it.

Laurie working the churn.

Laurie working the churn.

Paul the Town Crier

Paul the Town Crier

Herb and Susan Lattin

Herb and Susan Lattin

And last, but certainly not least, are the instigators of the fun. They organize, host and all the other back breaking work that goes into an event like this.

Thanks Lattin Family– all of you!

Just one more..ok maybe two

March 1, 2010|8:09 pm

I am enjoying my “sick” day. I am taking the day off after fighting off some kind of tummy bug last night. Except for the occasional chill or sweat I have no other symptoms except for a great lethargy. So I am sitting here in my hubby’s comfy chair and playing on the computer. My daughter Bethany just sent me a photo. She loves playing on loonapix.com and I had to share her latest creation.

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How can any mommy resist a gift like this smile?

Peyten shows off his brother Joseph James born Januay 15th.

|5:17 pm
Peyten and Joseph

Peyten and Joseph

I  stole this photo from my daughter in laws facebook because I keep forgetting my camera when I go over there. Since I was sick last night I wanted to wait a day or so to go see them again but didn’t want to wait any longer to get a photo of the newest granblessing in our lives.

By the way.. these two cuties belong to Nick and Camilla who actually live close enough for me to take my own photos so it is sort of comical that I haven’t taken any!  The outfit that Joseph is wearing was worn by Uncle Jonathan just five short years ago!

I have been doing some reading on the web…

|4:56 pm

About healthy living, debt free living and sustainable living. I think it is rather naive to assume that everyone who wants to can have live an enjoyable life and provide all of their own home grown food. In today’s day and age who would want to live the kind of life required to provide all of your living from your own hands? Frankly, I love the luxury of having time for myself, to play with my children, read a great book or run to the local craft store and pick out new yarn for a fun crochet project. I also enjoy a great cup of coffee, preferably while reading a great book or the BOOK. But more and more I have the desire to produce as many of our edibles as possible. To that end I have declared the garden a family project of epic proportions this year. In recent past the entire garden has been left to eldest daughter ( her site can be found here ) and she has occasionally conscripted help and even had some volunteered.. some === very little..

Not this year. The plans include EVERYONE being responsible for at least one food item and EVERYONE being responsible for weeding, harvesting and helping to put up! I am sure this will be a source of growth for all of us! (pun intended!)

More to follow on this subject! We started garden planning today.. 9/10th of the fun of the garden according to my dad:>)